At 6’7” and 235 pounds, 20-year-old Taylor Doherty is the biggest Sharks prospect. In fact, he’s bigger than every player on the San Jose Sharks’ active roster, with even a couple inches on hard-hitting hustler Brent Burns. His improvement in the Ontario Hockey League should keep San Jose scouts interested and excited.
The Ontario native, currently playing in his first professional season with the Worcester Sharks, had three impressive seasons as a defenseman and team captain for the Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL. In the 2007-08 season, he netted six goals and had 14 assists. He also served 118 penalty minutes—a clear indication of his on-ice presence.
While he posted similar numbers in his second season with 20 points yet again (two goals, 18 assists, 140 penalty minutes), he broke out in the 2009-10 season with incredible improvement in all aspects of his game. With 16 goals and 28 assists, he netted twice as many goals as his first two seasons combined. That’s big news for a defender whose offensive abilities have been questioned by San Jose scouts. He also found himself in the penalty box slightly less frequently with 114 minutes.
His productiveness in the 2009-10 season carried over to the OHL playoffs, where he contributed at a point-per-game pace over the course of five games for the Frontenacs.
He attended Sharks training camp this year and scored a preseason goal against Anaheim on September 21st.
Keep an eye out for Doherty in future Sharks games. On second thought, he will be tough to miss.